Thursday, 19 November 2015

Methods in Achieving Wear and Corrosion Resistance for Steel Castings

Due to excessive heat and friction involved in mining, corrosion and wear is one of the most prevalent problems in the industry. Millions are lost due to halted productions, worker injuries and unscheduled repairs as a result of wear and corrosion on equipment. Although replacement and repairs are an inevitable part of maintaining mining equipment, there are ways to minimise losses for continuous usage under harsh conditions. There are a number of methods that can slow down the effects of wear and corrosion particularly for crucial parts such as heat-resistant steel castings. Choice of Material The best way to ensure that parts will hold up against the pressure is to make them with excellent materials. Aside from strength, dent resistance, toughness and ductility, heat resistance should be a top characteristic for materials. Crafting parts using such materials will help improve its ability to resist breaking or wearing down under extreme temperatures.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Overcoming Challenges in Maintenance of Mine Skips and Other Equipment

Mining is a millennia-old industry that has seen many advancements. Throughout the years, new equipment have been designed to make mining more efficient and safer for workers. Perhaps one of the most problematic aspects of the industry lies in maintenance of loading, dumping and haulage equipment. Due to the harsh nature of the work and the environment, equipment such as aluminum mine skips, cages and various machinery take considerable wear and tear. When one essential equipment is compromised, it could cripple the entire process. Maintenance Challenges Most mine haulage equipment are designed for a mine’s specific needs. As a result, each equipment is unique and require specific measures in order to keep in good shape. Neglected, faulty machinery can lead to accidents and injuries to their operators or other various mine workers. Custom made equipment also require specially crafted spare parts that would most likely be available where it was made in the first place.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Daily Inspection and Maintenance of Mine Cages a Must for Mining Sites

For mining companies specialising in underground mining, they know that each mine is unique, since each of these deposits have their own set of geologic, geochemical, and geophysical characteristics. The same holds true for mine shafts and mining cages, and though these are built in accordance to applicable standards and regulations, these are ultimately designed to meet the needs of the operation and the site. Lost Revenues due to Unmaintained Cages Regardless of how the shafts and cages are built, these are still subject to the forces of gravity, corrosion, and age. Ignoring these elements and letting them accumulate on the mining shaft can cause an unplanned shutdown, which can have a negative economic impact on a mining company.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Mining Companies See Underground Mining Cars a Feasible Investment

While numerous mining companies still conduct surface mining in their sites, the costs that come along with it may become prohibitively expensive on the long run. One particular indicator is the strip ratio, or the number of waste materials in units that a mine site must remove in extracting one unit of ore. Mining companies seeing a larger strip ratio can then turn to underground mining as a more cost-efficient and land-friendly investment. The Objective of Underground Mining What underground mining does is to extract the ore from the earth in a safe and economical way without producing too much waste. Underground mining is particularly feasible for mining companies specialising in the extraction of minerals, rocks, and precious stones that are found far beneath the ground. This is also an effective option for companies mining rocks or minerals on the side of a mountain.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Steel Castings and Other Machinery Parts: Importance in Mining Safety

Abrasion, heat, impact, friction, chemical exposure, mechanical stress, and daily wear-and-tear eventually take their toll on equipment, which is why parts need to be maintained regularly and replaced as needed to minimize downtime. In this light, it’s important to choose parts, such as steel castings, that are of optimal quality and able to meet their intended functions. For this reason, manufacturers such as Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. focus on custom manufacturing so that parts can be built to satisfy unique operating requirements. Watch for Signs of Wear and Tear Being aware of the signs of deterioration is crucial to the maintenance of mining equipment. Spotting the subtlest signs informs the operators of significant issues, such as when it’s time to replace mining wear parts, when the machines need more lubricant, and other similarly important factors.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Essential Role of Heavy-Duty Mine Skips in Underground Mining

Lifting large volumes of materials from the depths of underground mines is a struggle against gravity. It involves carrying dense rock in massive quantities, which equates to immense levels of strain on any equipment used. As such, mining skips must have extraordinarily rugged specifications to maintain efficiency and safety in the excavation process. The skip must be able to carry large loads without being too heavy itself. Through the years, the mining industry has seen various developments in how skips are constructed, from the materials used to the design of the units. The use of aluminum alloys is pretty common because of the metal’s exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. The material’s downside is low-wear resistance, which is addressed by lining skips with abrasion-resistant steel, mild steel, or rubber.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Quality Mine Cages and Other Equipment Support Mine Safety

No safety program will be enough to mitigate risks associated with poorly designed mining equipment. Incorporating quality mining equipment, from mine cages to mining cars, goes a long way in reducing accidents in the mining workplace. If you plan to use the technology of the future in your mining operations, you stand to enhance their effectiveness if you have proven mining equipment in place. Quality Mining Equipment in Canada Leading manufacturers, such as Wabi Iron & Steel Corp., produce the most trusted equipment in the mining industry. From mine shaft cages to rail cars, Wabi designs and manufactures loading and conveyance systems that meet the strictest of quality and safety standards.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Mining Cars and Beyond: Extending the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit is Good for Canada’s Mining Industry

Whether the 15 percent tax credit is an effective policy or not, the idea to encourage more mining exploration is a sound one. When mineral deposits that exhibit great potential are discovered, mine development soon follows. In turn, new mines require underground equipment such as, skips, cages, loading systems, rail haulage cars, mine car wheels, etc. which is good for the mining supply and services sector. Quality Mining Equipment in Canada Top mining equipment manufacturers, like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp., can supply superior conveyance systems for your mining operation. Companies such as Wabi have the engineering capabilities and fabrication facilities that enable them to produce quality equipment, from wheels for mining cars to loading and dumping systems, skips and cages.

Monday, 21 September 2015

What Enables Manufacturers to Produce the Toughest Steel Castings?

Metal casting involves the creation of alloys through the melting and molding of different types of metal. This process plays a vital role in the production of high-quality metals used in mining equipment manufacturing, construction, and various other industries. Steel is among the most extensively cast metals. It is an alloy of iron and other elements, primarily carbon. Different mixtures produce different types and properties of steel; with the right mixture, extremely tough and corrosion-resistant materials can be produced. Steel is one of the very few metals that serve a wide variety of uses because of its versatility when combined with other materials.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Quality Mine Skips Increase Mining Productivity and Reduce Risks

Mining is one of Canada’s richest sources of income and employment. Over 380,000 people benefit from this industry. Mining has long fueled the economy by providing the building blocks of industrialization, which in turn has created more businesses and job opportunities. Dangers in the Mine Miners face various kinds of risk every time they venture deep into the earth. Accidents due to human, mechanical or natural causes sometime happen. An underground rock fall, for instance, can delay operations and entail lengthy and costly repairs. Equipment malfunction or inefficiency can also have negative effects on production. These situations not only put miner safety at risk but they also curtail a mine’s overall productivity which, in turn, impacts profitability.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Underground Mining: The Role and Characteristics of Mine Cages

Mining is an industry that pushes the envelope in engineering, and things get even more extreme when it comes to underground mining. The use of underground mines is necessary for excavating at depths greater than 60 metres (the point where surface mining turns inefficient). How Stuff Works highlighted the wide range of depths that underground mines can reach, from 750 metres for coal mines and over 2 kilometres for uranium mines. The Mine Cage Every underground mine has mine shafts, and each has an indispensable function. Ventilation shafts clear the toxic fumes that are by-products of blasting and drilling. Recovery shafts carry the ores from the bottom of the mine to the surface. Access shafts carry personnel and equipment to and from the surface. All shafts have crucial components, one of the most notable are mine cages.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Need for Custom-Made Mining Cars and Other Equipment in the Industry

The mining business is a vast industry that it is divided into five segments: metal ore mining, non-metal mineral mining, coal mining, supporting activities, and gas and oil extracting. The requirements can differ greatly within each segment which emphasizes the need for custom-made equipment. For example, precious metal mining cars need to operate in different environments versus those used for mining nickel ore. Choosing equipment that would be compatible to a certain application and specific tasks can be a challenge especially when each mine is different. Fortunately, through modern technology and advances in engineering, custom-made mining cars and other equipment can be crafted to fit each mine’s needs. Materials Using the right materials for building mining cars is important to ensure efficient rail haulage workflow in a mine. If a mining car is not constructed properly to carry required loads, it could slow down the entire operation.

Wear Parts Made from Steel Castings and Other Mining Wear Solutions

The equipment used by miners in Ontario are subject to constant friction, tension and compression, which means wear and tear on exposed parts. Continuous use of production equipment regardless of the condition of worn parts can have a huge impact on productivity. Besides failing to extract sufficient amounts of ore, they may eventually break down, resulting in costly downtime. Mining companies use different techniques to keep their equipment and machines in top condition amidst the pressure they are exposed to throughout each operation. Some of these are the same practices that help prolong the life of more common equipment such as automobiles.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Components of a Mine Shaft: Mine Skips and Cages

Before a mining project commences, the site in question is thoroughly explored, entailing a series of lengthy and complex analyses and appraisals to determine the feasibility of the project and the most efficient process to implement. If the minerals are found to be deposited deep in the earth, the only viable option is developing an underground mining operation that involves the creation of a mine shaft. What is a mine shaft? A mine shaft is a is a vertical access hole that is several meters in diameter and stretches down to the location of the ore. It is where miners, supplies, equipment, water and air are conveyed to gain access to the ore. Ore is conveyed to the surface through mine skips that move up and down the shaft.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Mine Cages, Skips, and Cars: Advancing Children’s Rights in Mining

According to a recent article from The Guardian, Canada is currently the headquarters of more than half of the world’s publicly-traded mining companies. These companies have a far-reaching supply chain, having more than 8,000 mining projects across six continents that involve practically every aspect of mining (exploration, construction, production, and closure) and employ almost every piece of heavy equipment available (excavators, dump trucks, drills, mine cages, skips, and rail cars). One huge potential risk for these businesses is having projects that are located in developing countries where minors account for almost half of the local population—children below 18 who are prone to the negative effects of living so close to mines. To stave off these ill effects, a handful of Canadian mining companies are taking the initiative to study how to improve operations in a way that can benefit children in mining industries, and then implement the necessary changes.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Mining Cars, Cages, and Skips: Ontario Salt Mining Industry is Booming

Underground mining is the second oldest method of producing salt, next to the solar evaporation technique. Like most mines, salt mines employ large machines to travel through vast cave-like passageways performing various functions. Unlike most mines, however, salt mines are comfortable to work in (average temperature stays around 70° F all year round) and offer a safer work environment than usual. Salt mine in Goderich, Ontario Deep under Lake Huron lies the largest salt mine in the world. Some 500 miners work in the mine, often cited as a massive and almost pure deposit that experts predict will be able to supply 100 years of mining. Compass Minerals is the company in charge of the mine, and if predictions are on point, the company is set for profit for many years to come.

Monday, 6 July 2015

True as Steel: A Guide to Assessing the Quality of Steel Castings

Steel plays a major role in everyday life in North America and around the world. After all, steel comprises 75 percent of all major home appliances and 63 percent of the average car. Even those who mine the materials used to create steel require steel parts for their mining equipment. Steel components used to build parts for mining equipment need to meet the highest of standards. The quality of steel castings in Ontario directly impact the safety, durability and efficiency of the mining equipment where they are installed.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

New Underground Gold Mines Call for Quality Mine Skips to Meet Productivity Demands

According to a report from, a well-known Canadian mining company has received special permission from the Irish government to expand their gold mining operations underground. This bodes well for both the mining company and the Irish government as the mine’s production crawled to a halt in 2013. The mine in Omagh, Ireland is the only gold mine in the country. Many people still think of the abandoned, crumbling cave-style mines from old Western movies and cartoons whenever mining becomes the topic of conversation. Although such operations were common in the past, underground mines now make use of long vertical shafts to enable ore extraction at greater depths.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Bearings in Mine Cages, Skips, and Cars—Understanding Superior Quality

Modern mining projects are becoming more advanced each year. As the mining industry experiences increased innovation, the role of onsite machinery and equipment becomes even more vital in achieving better efficiency and productivity. Selecting the right equipment has always been an important factor in the success of any mining project. Innovation in Rolling Bearings A wide range of mining equipment incorporates rolling bearings—mine cages, cars, skips and many others. Rolling bearings play an important role in the industry as the safe and efficient transport of people and mined ore heavily depend upon them. Great strides in rolling bearing design, sealing, heat treatment and lubrication have been made in their manufacture, resulting in a more durable and more reliable end product.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Mining Cars and More: Improved Safety for the Canadian Mining Industry

The Canadian government recently put into force the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which requires companies involved in the mining industry to publicly disclose payments that they make to foreign and domestic government entities. According to Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), the Act “places Canada at the forefront of international efforts to eliminate corruption and promote transparency.” He adds that MAC is “proud to have played an active role in collaboration with the government of Canada and civil society in the promotion and design of this important legislation.”

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Mine Rail Cars and More: Better Safety in Underground Mining Industry

Modern mines have rigorous safety procedures. Mines in Canada, in particular, are veritable havens when it comes to safe work conditions compared to those in China, Africa and South America—places notorious for their blatant disregard for miner safety. Despite the high standards, though, Canada’s mining industry still faces some safety issues that must be addressed on a constant basis. Mining Health, Safety, and Prevention Review Ontario recently concluded a year-long mining health and safety review led by the province’s Chief Prevention Officer, George Gritziotis. The review’s results, which involved input from an advisory group comprised of mining, labour, health, and safety representatives, were released in Sudbury on April 15, 2015, and detailed several recommendations on how to make the underground mining sector safer overall.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Mine Skips Made of Top-Grade Materials are Crucial to Ore Conveyance Success

Mining is a multibillion dollar industry obviously because of its colossal role in industrialization. It can be done in two ways—creating an open pit or an underground operation. Open-pit mining is ideal when ground inspection suggests that there’s a huge volume of ore deposit under the mining site. Underground mining can be done if the ore deposit is concentrated in deeper areas. The latter is a more popular option, especially if the mine site is surrounded by structures or close to a community. In underground mining, shafts are developed to provide workers and machines with access to the ore underneath. Once a shaft is built, mine skips and cages will be installed for the transportation of extracted ore, equipment and employees. The ore will be drilled and crushed to be easily conveyed through the skips. After extracting all ore deposits, the shaft will be closed by filling with the overburden produced during excavation.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Mine Cages and Shafts’ Complex Design Are Key to Safety and Efficiency

Besides the inward pressure exerted by the soil, the shaft is also subjected to friction, tension, and compression created by the moving and stationary load within it. The mine cages and skips must be made of the toughest alloys of steel to withstand tension. This is to protect the passengers and reduce the stress passed on to them through each conveyance cycle. Mine companies have to entrust the manufacture of shaft conveyances to reliable mine equipment manufacturers like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. These companies follow the highest industry standards to ensure that their equipment perform well and last long, and employ highly skilled tradespeople. Engaging equipment manufacturers such as these will ensure the continuity and success of the mining operation.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Mine Rail Cars and Underground Mining Information: A Detailed Overview

Longwall and Room & Pillar mining are two popular underground mining methods. In Room & Pillar mining, a network of “rooms” are cut into seams. Pillars are left in place to support the roof in a regular pattern while the rooms are mined out. On the other hand, Longwall mining involves the use of mechanized shears to cut and extract ore at the face of the mine. Extracted ore is then dropped onto a chain conveyor system that will ultimately take the ore to the surface. Temporary hydraulic-powered roof supports are used instead of pillars to hold the roof up. Investing in the development of new mines can be attractive for companies when metal prices ensure profitable operations. When planning for the transportation of ore within a new mine, it is important to partner with a trusted manufacturer of underground rail cars and other conveyance equipment such as Wabi Iron & Steel Corp.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Wear Resistant Castings, Underground Equipment and Mining Safety

With the Ontario mining industry’s growing demand for improved safety, manufacturers of wear resistant castings for underground equipment requirements must ensure that their products are built to the highest of quality standards. The parts produced by these manufacturers play an important role in providing miners with dependable and high-performance equipment that will keep them safe. Mining equipment manufacturers and Ontario foundry specialists like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. have product engineers who are experts in designing safe and reliable products. Some of these companies also have advanced on-site laboratories that help them create customized solutions for specific customer requirements. These firms can address most any abrasion, impact, and heat-resistant casting need for the manufacture of impactor parts, crusher parts, pump parts, chute liners, track pads, mine car wheels, and many other products.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. Supplies Mine Rail Cars for Goldcorp Mine

Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. is proud to announce that it has produced mine rail cars for the Goldcorp Campbell Mine, an underground gold operation in Balmertown, Ontario. Wabi’s 5-ton mild steel rail cars completed with 16-inch cast wheels and link arrangements were specifically customized for Goldcorp’s narrow-vein gold mine which uses light rail track systems. As an added service, Wabi’s engineering team also reverse-engineered the mine’s existing Granby-style rail car.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. Provides Wear Resistant Castings to OEM Firms

Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. supplies high-chrome abrasion-resistant iron pump parts like casings, suction elbows, suction liners, impellers, and suction covers for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) Yeomans Chicago Corporation and Pentair Pump Group. The quality wear resistant castings are crafted at Wabi’s Foundry Division that specialises in services like electrical discharge machining as well as static and dynamic balancing.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Mining Giants Take on Gold Prospecting—Resulting New Mines will Require Quality Mine Skips and More

Large mining companies are now initiating multi-million dollar exploration efforts in Canada. Centerra Gold Inc., Goldcorp Inc., and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. are just some of the big names expected to lead the way for gold prospecting in the region. “We have a lot of evidence that there is gold in the area,” Agnico chief executive Sean Boyd commented regarding his company’s plan to move eight drill rigs and around 80 miners to its arctic location.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Mine Cages are Important for Activation of New Copper Mines to Satisfy Global Demand

Nunavut may be largely snow and ice, but the best things about this northerly territory lie below everyone’s feet. Exploration of the western part of the territory, particularly near Kugluktuk, is set to begin after having secured funds to build a full-scale mine in the future. Vancouver-based exploration firm Kaizen Discovery has partnered with Japanese investors to set up shop in the Kitikmeot region, which has its share of mining projects.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Wabi Corp. to Provide Wear Resistant Castings for De Beers Canada

De Beers Canada operates two diamond mines in Canada. One of these is the Victor Mine, an open pit facility that produces approximately 600,000 carats yearly. Through reverse engineering, Wabi’s specialists will be able to determine the correct dimensions, materials needed, and production operations required to build the needed castings. The process of reverse engineering enables a customer who initially does not have an associated drawing of a specific casting to subsequently acquire a drawing which enables them to access product supply directly from a castings manufacturer. The Vincent Mine is in need of two castings: the Sizer Top-Cap and the Breaker Block. The Sizer Top-Cap weighs at least 190 pounds and is considered as the initial wear portion of a continuous mining machine; in cases of extreme wear, the tip or the entire top-cap might require replacement.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Mine Skips, Haulage Systems and Other Factors that Affect Efficiency

Mining products account for over 20 percent of Canada’s total exports. It’s no wonder, then, that Canada has become one of the largest mining nations in the world, producing over 60 minerals and metals with an estimated annual value of US$ 42 billion. These figures reflect not just the healthy mining market but also the abundance of ores underneath Canadian soil. Thanks to continuous exploration, new mine sites are being established and more minerals and metals are being mined. Current exploration results however, present a formidable two-fold challenge for mining companies: location and accessibility. According to the National Research Council Canada, easy-to-access mining locations are slowly disappearing, leaving remote sites the only option for mining firms looking to establish or expand their operations.

Monday, 6 April 2015

High-Quality Mine Cages and Haulage Systems Contribute to Mine Safety

The mining industry faces multiple issues ranging from productivity concerns to supply-demand imbalances. There’s also a growing difficulty in recruiting young workers, while the current workforce continues to age. One crucial factor influencing the youth’s decision to pursue a career in the mines is safety in the workplace. In Canada, however, mining safety isn’t much of a problem. In fact, according to an article in, the Canadian mining industry’s record on lost time accidents is among the lowest worldwide. Usually thought of as one of the most dangerous occupations, mining is actually one of the safest heavy industries in Canada.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. Develops Hinged Mine Skips for Mine in Peru

A one-of-a-kind design found nowhere else in the world, the hinged mine skips were installed into the shaft compartment with only minimum adjustments to the hanging skip and made for easy alignment of the bail channels for equal wear distribution along all the mounted guide shoes. The El Porvenir Mine is considered to be Peru’s deepest underground mine and is located 321 km from Lima. Owned by Compania Minera Milpo, the 1,250-metre-deep mine produces lead and copper concentrates along with gold and silver content as well as zinc. Due to the mine’s extremely tight peripheral conditions around the shaft collar, Compania Minera Milpo determined that a sequential vertical installation was not an option. They then contracted Wabi Iron & Steel Corp., and relied on them to develop the hinged concept to facilitate one-piece skip installation.

Custom Mine Cages in New Shafts Effectively Transport Workers and Equipment

More than 90 years after its closure, the historic Victoria Mine in Sudbury, Ontario is about to resume mining activity.KGHM International recently announced plans to proceed with its mine project, located south of the original Victoria Mine that ran from the 1890s to the 1920s. According to a feasibility study currently in its final stages, the new site contains an estimated 1.4 billion pounds of copper and nickel, and more than 200,000 pounds of platinum group elements (e.g. platinum, iridium).

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Ontario Wear Resistant Castings Manufacturer Builds Chute for Newmont USA

The chute, with a 5’ x 3’ throat opening, is equipped with a unique ore pass insert, isolating the entire installation from upward ground movements. Wabi manufactured the chute to ensure protection against high-stress abrasions and impact forces. Since the chute is used as a main transfer point between the ore pass and a 40-ton capacity haulage truck, its lining system is designed to endure sliding abrasion that comes with high muck stream flow rates. Rapid material loss may occur as a result of sliding abrasion when exposed under high loads, and particularly when the liner plate’s hardness is diminished below the plate’s surface. With the softer core material being exposed, gouges that form in the liner plate caused by sharp contact may result in preferential wear patterns being etched on the surrounding surface.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Quality Mine Rail Cars Carry Millions of Tons of Iron Ore Every Day

Iron ore miners transport tons of rocks and material to foundries every day, where pure iron is extracted and eventually turned into steel. It's impossible to find pure iron deep within the world's mines, however, as this metal always exists as a compound. Two of the most commonly mined are hematite and magnetite. Hematite: Red Iron Hematite (Fe2O3) is one of the most precious sources for pure iron, with a yield of around 70 percent. Due to the rich iron content, it doesn't take as much crushing and screening to derive pure iron from hematite. Although often found in hues of red, hematite can also appear in brown, black, and gray.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Ontario Foundry Wabi Iron & Steel’s MET500 Alloy Extends Wear Life by 500% to 2000%

The MET500 liner material developed by Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. is an excellent choice for loading chute floor and ore pass footwall applications. The ability to achieve through-hardness in thick liner sections (greater than 4 inches) provides not only long wear life (20+ million tons) in difficult-to-access locations, but also permits an accurate estimate of wear-life due to the “linear wear characteristic” created by the through-hardened condition from wear resistant castings. High impact resistance coupled with good sliding abrasion wear resistance make the material a good choice for the protection of ore handling machinery in and around the mine shaft, as it has proven to increase wear life by 500% to 2000%.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Wabi builds 15-Ton Capacity Ladles for Vale Sudbury

The skill in casting thick-walled vessels such as these ladles is in producing sound cross-sections with no voids or gas porosity. With heat resistant castings, low carbon steel can be poured at very high temperatures and this permits the molten mass to purge itself of air entrapment, allowing metal to fill shrinkage voids before the entire mass solidifies. The final ladle castings were inspected for defects using ultra-sonic inspection techniques. Ultra-sonic inspection is a non-destructive testing technique used to detect imperfections (voids, cracks) below the surface of solid materials. This process uses high-frequency sound waves that pass through the solid material and monitor the echo (bounce-back) distance of the sound wave within the material. The theory supporting this method is that if the material is sound, the echo distance equals the material thickness.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Mine Haulage Systems Enhance Output, Revenue for Multi-Metal Mines

Typical mine skips can move as much as 600 cubic feet of ore at a time, but mine equipment fabricators like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. can adjust to a mine's needs. They are no strangers in designing and building heavyweight ore movers, like the 50-ton skip that’s now operating at the Vanscoy potash mine in southern Saskatchewan. In today’s mining world, it’s conveyance equipment like this that are being utilized to get the job done efficiently and safely.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Ensure Safety Compliance with Custom-Made Mine Cages and Conveyance Equipment

Such inspections would include a mine’s conveyance equipment. For example, it’s imperative that an underground operation utilize safe and reliable mine cages for the transport of men and materials. Mine cages must move at a preset speed to prevent accidents. Should it encounter an over-speeding problem, an emergency braking system engages to bring the cage to a halt. There are a number of compliant braking systems available such as rope breaking, traction sleeve braking and dynamic braking. Mine equipment fabricators like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. design safety mechanisms like these as well as the robust mine personnel cages themselves.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Ontario Foundry Wabi Iron & Steel’s MET500 Alloy Extends Wear Life by 500% to 2000%

The MET500 liner material developed by Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. is an excellent choice for loading chute floor and ore pass footwall applications. The ability to achieve through-hardness in thick liner sections (greater than 4 inches) provides not only long wear life (20+ million tons) in difficult-to-access locations, but also permits an accurate estimate of wear-life due to the “linear wear characteristic” created by the through-hardened condition from wear resistant castings. High impact resistance coupled with good sliding abrasion wear resistance make the material a good choice for the protection of ore handling machinery in and around the mine shaft, as it has proven to increase wear life by 500% to 2000%.

Curbing the Environmental Impact of Mine Rail Cars and Other Tools

Two of the most important factors in mitigating a mining operation’s environmental impact are Best Practices and the use of ISO-certified mining equipment from mine rail cars to skips and cages. These factors ensured that products are mined, transported, and stored in the most environmentally-friendly manner. Training and continuing education is essential to the success of the implementation of Best Practices and use of industry-grade mining tools. For quality mining equipment, refer to trusted suppliers like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp., well known in the industry for providing mining sites with the most reliable equipment such as mine ore cars, skips, cages, and more.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Custom-Made Ore Skips Reach Into the Deepest Depths of the Earth

Underground mines need high-volume mine skips that can move vast quantities of raw ore to the surface at once. For instance, in its natural form, gold ore isn't pure gold at all. Smelting and separation procedures must isolate the gold from impurities and minerals like quartz and silver. If gold mines hope to increase their volume, they need to move more ore.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Reaching Deep into the Earth with Safe, Reliable Mine Cages

This is where manufacturers of quality mine man cages like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. come in, as they build safe and dependable equipment that’s ideal for high-stress conditions thousands of feet underground. Options for customization also allow mining contractors to specify their own requirements based on the nature of their mining operations, whether in Canada or the U.S.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

On Certified Mine Rail Cars and Detailed Safety Plans in Mine Sites

It’s a good idea to consult an independent mining safety professional to have safety measures evaluated. For your mining equipment needs, established suppliers like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. can provide exceptional equipment manufactured to the most stringent quality and safety standards, from reliable underground rail cars and loading systems to high-durability skips and cages.